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Cage Cricket is coming to Dundee

13 March 2015

Cricket - and more specifically Cage Cricket - is coming to Dundee, thanks to a project being run by the Dundee Academy of Sport and the Dundee Cricket Development Group (DCDG).

A fast-paced, compact version of the game itself, Cage Cricket is one of the latest ways in which the Dundee Academy of Sport has been working with local schools to help raise children’s aspirations and increase their attainment levels.

At St Paul’s RC Academy, for example, cricket was key to an India-themed project and made it possible for the secondary school pupils to not only learn about the country, but also put their numeracy and decision-making skills to the test.

Ian Lowe, Project Manager of the Dundee Academy of Sport, explains:

“We’re really looking forward to using Cage Cricket as a context for learning within schools. With just six players and 13 rules, it is perfect for use within primary, as well as secondary, schools.

“Each of the six players spends an equal amount of time batting, bowling and fielding, so there is, of course, a physical activity side of the game which is obviously beneficial, but each player also gets the chance to act as the points scorer which means that they get to put their numeracy skills into action.

“Players score by hitting different zones around the inside of the cage - rather than through runs back and forth as in a traditional game of cricket - so this means that different numbers of points can be won at different times.

“Whoever is acting as points scorer is in charge of the overall game, so they not only have to add up and deduct points, but also make decisions about who is in and who is out.

“The game covers so many different areas of learning, not just academically but in terms of social skills, responsibility and leadership as well, that there is the potential for it to make a real difference to the lives of school children in Dundee.

"It is by subtly weaving sport into the learning of subjects across the wider curriculum - by lifting them off the page and placing them in an exciting, and often interactive, sporting context - that the Dundee Academy of Sport has begun to make a difference."

Dick Auchinleck of the DCDG said:

“DCDG is delighted to have forged a link with Dundee Academy of Sport and to be able to work together in delivering cricket to schools across the city.

“With Scotland having participated in the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, cricket has never been more topical and, with the ‘Cage Cricket’ format of the game satisfying a number of educational requirements for a child, we very much look forward to growing the game within Dundee and to seeing the benefits that accrue from this initiative for all involved.”


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Notes to Editors:

The Dundee Academy of Sport was launched in January 2014, and is a partnership between Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College.

It has three main aims:

  • to engage young people in their wider education by bringing subjects like history and maths to life through sport - either through their participation in sport or their interest in it. The intention is to widen and increase school attainment levels.
  • to further develop the region’s workforce in the sport and leisure industry by working with local communities to offer training and development opportunities for sports teachers and professionals, as well as volunteers.
  • to be Scotland’s leading provider of sports education and research by providing seamless transition from school-leaver right up to PhD level.

There is a further boost for cricket in the city with the news that the Dundee Academy of Sport are presenting a CPD event with ex-Scotland cricket captain Gordon Drummond on May 18th.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite and further information is available on the Dundee Academy of Sport website.

The Cage Cricket format will be used for the May 19th Dundee Active Schools inter-secondary school competition.

Schools looking to work with the Dundee Academy of Sport should contact

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